Two brilliant albums in one.
buckbirdseed | 06/07/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I can't say how happy I am that this and the other two two-album CDs have finally been released- they weren't available at all previously. Of all of the three CDs, this middle one is in my opinion the strongest musically and lyrically, with trademark Smokey wordplay and some of the most brilliant titles ever ("After you put back the pieces (I'll still have a broken heart)"). It's also more emotionally complex than ever before, and with Smokey, this is the key thing.Make It Happen is, in my opinion, Smokey's masterpiece album. Extremely rarely for this time period, it only has one or two fillout songs, and the last six are exceptionally an unbroken series of masterpieces, from the greatest positive love song in history, More Love (famously the only "true" song Smokey ever wrote), to Smokey's most played classic, Tears of a Clown. My personal favourite on this album (with the exception of the aforementioned) is You Must Be Love- One of Smokey's finest expressions ever.Special Occasion, while not as good, definately ranks in the top five Smokey albums, with a number of classic cuts like the title track, and the brilliant You Only Build Me Up To Tear Me Down.Overall, If you're going to buy one Smokey two-album set, buy this one."
firstname.lastname@example.org | usa | 11/26/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"catching The Genius Writing of Smokey Robinson in His Prime is a must.you get all the Motown Trimmings&then you combine that with Smokey's Voice&Lyrics&it takes it to a whole different level.two for one&something that stays on your Mind.just for a song like "Tears Of A Clown" you will be Moved.the thing about Smokey's Stuff is when it hit it had no time frame.it moved you then as now.Smokey&The Miracles are Underrated to Me for there Harmony.you gotta hear to the Feeling&Vibe set fourth.enjoy."